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Campbellton--Miramichi Region (NB)

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  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    Liberty Utilities, a subsidiary of Ontario-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., has purchased Enbridge Gas New Brunswick for $331M. The plan is to grow the New Brunswick company and increase the accessibility of natural gas across the province.
    A CFIB report has found that a shortage of labour in Atlantic Canada has 22% of businesses considering cancelling expansion plans. Over two-thirds of employers stated they have trouble finding staff with the right skills and 20% can't find enough workers.
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    In order to address the shortage of workers in northern New Brunswick, the Campbellton Regional Chamber of Commerce will organize a mini job-fair for special care homes at the end of November. They are mainly looking for care attendants, but also for maintenance and kitchen workers, among other positions.
    The cannabis producer Zenabis in Atholville, New Brunswick is looking for workers on both sides of Chaleur Bay. The plant will be expanded within 2 years and is expected to have between 400 and 500 employees.
    According to the president of the Agricultural Alliance of NB, the shortage of agricultural workers is a costly problem. In 2014, 7,500 people in the province worked in this industry, and 400 positions remained vacant, resulting in a loss of $7M in sales. By 2025, increased productivity should reduce labour needs, but there will then be 800 fewer people in the labour pool.
    According to a study by the Conference Board of Canada, bilingual workers make on average $1,150 more than unilingual workers in N.B., and they inject more money into the provincial economy. The purchasing power of a bilingual person is $47,117, while it is only $4,400 for a unilingual Anglophone. Bilingual people make up 35.5% of the province's population.
    The Golden Image Centre in Bathurst announced that it will close once the holiday season is done, after being in business for almost three decades. The photography store, which employs four staff, couldn't compete against on-line and out-of-town shopping.
    A study released by the University of Moncton found that 20% of New Brunswick seniors (65 and over) are living in poverty, with only $14,000 or less to live on per year. Women, francophones, older seniors and seniors in rural areas were worst off.
    A new 2-year rapid response paramedic pilot project was launched this month in New Brunswick. Five units will be able to be dispatched with a lone paramedic in rural areas, to provide initial emergency services when ambulances are tied up.
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    The New Brunswick government will create a new non-emergency transfer service for hospital patients and will make 40 casual unilingual paramedics into permanent employees. The move is expected to enable more bilingual paramedics to handle emergency calls.
    The Anglophone North School District states there is a shortage of supply teachers across New Brunswick. Job fairs are being held to recruit supply teachers and other positions. To qualify for a permit and get on the supply list you need a couple of years of post-secondary. Teachers with French immersion or high school specialty courses have the best prospect for a permanent teaching position.
    Based on provincial statistics for the end of October, 751 seniors were waiting to be placed in a nursing home, compared to 2017 when the average number on the list was around 595. The number of seniors waiting for home-care assessments has also grown.
  • Start date: 2018-11-12, End date: 2018-11-16
    Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2018

    With as many as 12 Cannabis NB stores closed earlier this month due to a lack of stock, some workers have been without work or pay. One manager stated that they are trying to find other tasks for their employees to do, when a store is closed.
    A recent study of 67 Canadian universities by CUPE and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that 53.6% of instructors are now on contract, with 80% of them being part-time. On P.E.I. the percentage of contract faculty is 39% and 47% in N.B.
    According to figures obtained by Radio-Canada, there are 376 nursing vacancies across New Brunswick. Of those, 200 are in the Vitalité Health Network and 176 are in the Horizon hospitals. N.B. nursing homes are also reporting a shortage of nurses.
    Canada Post has offered its employees a four-year contract deal that includes annual 2% wage hikes, up to $1000 in signing bonuses, new job-security provisions, and a $10M health-and-safety fund. Workers have until November 17 to accept the deal.
    Three businesses that operated out of the Dover Street building in Campbellton have been destroyed by a fire. The building, which contained Campbellton Auto-Collision, Vitro-Plus Ziebart, and Campbellton Auto-Direct, was a total loss.
  • Start date: 2018-11-05, End date: 2018-11-09
    Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2018

    Supply issues continue to plague Cannabis NB retail shops across the province with at least half of their 20 store temporarily closed over a two day period this month due to a lack of inventory. Stores have not been fully stocked since opening day.
    A new report by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council recommends the province double immigration rates to about 7,500 newcomers per year. It is predicted that 110,000 workers will retire over the next 10 years, which can't be filled by N.B. youth alone.
    Canada Post workers in N.B. took part in rotating strikes in Fredericton, Bathurst, Miramichi, Campbellton, Edmundston, Woodstock and St. Stephen. According to a CUPW union representative the main issue has been health and safety conditions and pay inequality between rural and urban letter carriers. Canada Post states that it has offered to increase wages, job security, and improve benefits.
    There are 376 vacant nursing positions in the two New Brunswick health networks. The Horizon network expects to hire 320 nurses a year over the next five years. The province has a shortage of 46 medical specialists.
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    About 10 new ambulance paramedics will soon begin working in New Brunswick, which has an acute shortage of workers in this field. These paramedics are the first to complete the French training offered by the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) in Campbellton.
    Saint John will host a job fair on November 7 aimed to help match newcomers with employers. The Connect & Settle Hiring Fair for International Students & Newcomers saw 203 job seekers last year. Enterprise Saint John states that there are more than 650 jobs listed as unfilled in the Saint John region.
    NB Liquor reported its second quarter sales in 2018 were up 4.9% compared to the same period last year, with sales totaling $128.9M for the three months. Sales of coolers and ciders increased 15.7%, beer 4.1%, wine rose 2.9% and spirits jumped 4.1%.
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    Some New Brunswick hospitals must suspend obstetric services due to a staff shortage. Chaleur Regional Hospital and Upper Valley Hospital in Wakefield had to send women due to give birth to neighbouring hospitals.
    Opportunities NB states that job growth in the cannabis sector has exceeded expectations, with almost 1,000 cannabis-related jobs already created. Cannabis NB employs 330 staff. The agency expects there could be nearly 3,000 cannabis-related jobs by 2022.
    The Paramedic Association of New Brunswick (PANB) has issued a report with 35 recommendations to improve ambulance service in the province. Suggestions include having dispatch and monitoring performed by a government-operated agency and allowing vacant positions to be awarded permanently on the basis of seniority, not language.
    Officials with Cannabis NB report that the province sold $940K worth of marijuana through its 20 stores and website in the first 48 hours of legalization. Moncton-based Organigram, which is a marijuana supplier to Cannabis NB, stated that initial demand was higher than expected and had requests for more product by the second day.
  • Start date: 2018-10-15, End date: 2018-10-19
    Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018

    Wicker Emporium, a Canadian-owned retailer of furniture and home décor, is closing six stores in Atlantic Canada. The stores to be closed are in Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, Dartmouth, Charlottetown, and St. John's. The store in Saint John, NB will remain open.
  • Start date: 2018-10-01, End date: 2018-10-05
    Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2018

    A Belledune dairy farmer fears repercussions from the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. An analysis by the Dairy Farmers of Canada predicts annual monetary losses of $192M for Canada's 12,000 farmers.
  • Start date: 2018-09-03, End date: 2018-09-07
    Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2018

    The New Brunswick Teachers' Association is concerned whether the number of university graduates will be enough to fill vacancies, with 200 teachers expected to retire per year. Roughly 240 teachers graduate each year, but nearly half leave the province.
    Over two years, the liberals wish to use $4M to $5M released by Ottawa to finance jobs for the unemployed. Particpants may receive up to $14/h for five 40-hour weeks.
    A study by the Business Development Bank of Canada states that half of Atlantic Canadian businesses are having difficulty recruiting new staff. Issues include a lack of youth in the region and employers unable to find workers with the skills they want.
    According to the latest figures from Statistics Canada, New Brunswick's undergraduate tuition fees increased by 2.9%, compared to 3.3% nationally. The average tuition in the province for 2018-19 is now $7,108. Graduate level tuitions increased by 2.3%.
  • Start date: 2018-08-27, End date: 2018-08-31
    Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018

    According to Entrevestor's Atlantic Canadian Startup Community 2017 report, there were 486 Atlantic Canadian startups as of December 31, 2017. The number of startups has been steadily increasing, with 414 companies at the end of 2016 and 263 in 2013.
  • Start date: 2018-08-20, End date: 2018-08-24
    Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

    The federal government will invest $189M nationally to provide an extra five weeks of employment insurance (EI) support to eligible seasonal workers in targeted regions. An estimated 7,000 workers in New Brunswick will benefit from the pilot project.
    The Town of Dalhousie was informed by Bank of Montreal representatives, that the Dalhousie BMO branch will be shut down on March 22, 2019. The nearest BMO branch is in Bathurst, however the town does have another bank and a credit union.
    The Port of Belledune handled a record amount of tonnage in July of 2018, with 402,172 metric tons of cargo going through the port. The port is on pace to surpass the record for tonnage handled in a year, which it set at 2.6M metric tons back in 2009.
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    Arianne Phosphate, a Quebec phosphate mining company, is partnering with the New Brunswick government to conduct a feasibility study for a phosphoric acid plant in Belledune. The proposed plant could potentially create 120 new jobs in the region.
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    Northern Energy Solutions Ltd. revealed their plans for a proposed pellet plant in Miramichi. Once it gets approved for an industrial permit, the company would start construction. The facility would directly employ 60 staff and another 70 indirectly.
    Hemp cultivation is upsurging in New Brunswick. The plant may benefit from the upcoming legalization of its cousin¿cannabis¿and see an increase in its demand. Industrial Hemp Cooperation Ltd. is preparing to expand its production.
    The New Brunswick government contributed $10M to Build Ventures, a Halifax-based venture capital fund. It is designed to provide early-stage capital to New Brunswick companies involved in growth areas like IT, clean technology, and life sciences.
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    It is possible to find employment in northeastern N.B. According to the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour, there are over 400 positions to be filled in Caraquet, Tracadie, Shippagan and the surrounding areas.
    Tracadie carries on with the restructuring of its fire department and is launching a 5-month pilot project, hiring 5 full-time firefighters. Volunteer firefighters will continue to be compensated only for their hours worked.
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    District scolaire francophone Sud is still struggling to replenish its list of substitutes for teacher, educational assistant, custodian, and bus driver positions. In August, two new schools will open in Dieppe.
  • Start date: 2018-07-09, End date: 2018-07-13
    Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018

    The drop in unemployment rate is complicating access to employment insurance in northeastern New Brunswick. Since July 8, it is now necessary to work 525 hours to qualify for 21 weeks of benefits.
    New Brunswick Anglophone school districts are struggling to find enough French immersion teachers, especially as new Grade 2 teachers start this fall. The requirement that teachers have a superior level of French proficiency when hired is not expected.
    Carleton County will have a new distillery when Moonshine Creek Distillery in Waterville, N.B. opens in late July. The distillery already has developed an apple crumble sipping cocktail, and an unaged whisky called White Pup. Besides selling spirits, the distillery will also sell merchandise and have distillery tours.
    The federal government will allow an additional 500 immigrants to settle in Atlantic Canada through a pilot program. The program allows employers to fill labour needs by offering jobs to newcomers or recently graduated international students.
  • Start date: 2018-07-02, End date: 2018-07-06
    Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2018

    The New Brunswick government announced that it will invest $18.4M to expand experiential educational opportunities for students at New Brunswick universities. Students will develop marketable skills and be exposed to local career paths and opportunities.
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    Maritime Iron might build an iron production factory in Belledune. The project, worth $1B, could create 1000 jobs during construction and 200 permanent jobs thereafter. Opening is slotted for 2022.
    Christmas tree growers in the maritime provinces believe that this year's late frost will seriously impact their industry. Laurie Allain from Sainte-Marie-de-Kent expects that close to 95% of his production will not be able to be sold for Christmas.
    New Brunswick trucking companies state that there is a trucker shortage, especially for long-haul drivers. The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is trying to promote job opportunities and report that the average long-haul driver earns around $55K.
    The N.B. government says it will invest $1.5M over three years in experiential education opportunities for Indigenous university students. The funding will allow students to access more hands-on learning opportunities in conventional academic settings.
    Read's Newsstand & Cafe in downtown Fredericton announced that it will shut down its business at the end of June due to personal health reasons
    Co_Pain, a bakery that originally operated from the kitchen of a downtown Moncton daycare, has moved across the street to larger location and brought in more staff. Located on 98 Bonaccord Street, Co_Pain is now a full-fledged bakery and coffee shop.
    Pomodori Pizzeria opened a second location this month at 34 Canterbury Street in uptown Saint John. The original Pomodori opened in Rothesay in 2008. The new location has new staff and will be open seven days a week.
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    Caraquet's Manoir Marie, a level 1 and 2 care home, will close its doors after 11 years of service. The dozen laid-off employees should be able to relocate, given the labour shortage in the region's establishments.
    The airport on Village Blanchard's Acadian Peninsula will receive $1.8 M to modernize its facilities. These funds will be used for upgrades such as extending the landing strip and improving the lighting. Calls for tenders should be made within the next two months.
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    New Brunswick fiddlehead pickers state that public warnings about flood-contaminated fiddleheads is impacting demand for all NB fiddleheads. A Miramichi River fiddlehead picker stated that he typically employs 30 pickers, but only hired three this year.
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    Nine more fishing areas closed this week, following six closures last week, as more right whales arrived in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. N.B. crab fishermen and plant workers have been impacted by the closures and the smaller amounts of snow crab this year.
    Cannabis NB is now accepting job applications for 27 full-time positions in its Cannabis NB stores across New Brunswick, expected to open later this year. Positions posted on the government's website include team lead and customer service representative.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    Skills Launch, an employment program that helps immigrant youth gain employability skills, is getting an additional $1.8M in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The 52-week program is offered in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton, NB.
    The Ichiboshi fish plant in Caraquet has laid off about 40 employees this month due to poor crab catches so far this season. The plant, which manufactures, processes and markets seafood, employs around 600 people.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed six fishing areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after endangered right whales were spotted in the area. Fishermen have to remove their gear from those areas, which account for about 25% of their total catch.
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association has launched a campaign to recruit more people into their industry. Drivers are in huge demand, but also needed are certified heavy duty mechanics, dispatchers, and jobs in logistics planning and analytics.
    Beresford's Discovery Drill received $400,000 in provincial and federal funding to develop a better drill for the oil and natural gas sector. The company hopes to double sales within five years, expand its facility and grow its staff from 25 to 50 people.
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    HGS Canada is planning to create up to 300 home-based jobs across northern New Brunswick with the help of $1.19M in payroll rebates from Opportunities NB. The company provides support services for businesses across the province.
    Many gaspereau fishermen in New Brunswick report that they can't fish, or are only getting minor catches, due to the flooding along the St. John River. Lobster fishermen on P.E.I., who use gaspereau for bait, have had to look for other alternatives.
    Crab fishermen and processing plants are worried about a new no-fishing zone off northern New Brunswick, put in place to protect migrating whales. The area accounted for 20% of last year's catch, and crab landings are reported to be lower so far this year.
    The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association states that the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway from Moncton to Fredericton has increased fuel costs, added distance and impacted drivers' hours. Truck drivers are only permitted to drive 13 hours a day.
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    The City of Dieppe will be able to count on about $29M in funding from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments for its intergenerational community complex project. Work should begin this autumn and finish in 2020.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    New Brunswick fishery is hit with whale-protection measures as an area of the Gulf is closed. A buffer zone will be shut down for a minimum of 15 days if a whale is seen.
    The government of New Brunswick will invest $53M in innovation. The money will roll out this fiscal year, while the Innovation Agenda will span 2018 ¿ 2023 and focus on six pillars including commercialization and starting and scaling enterprises.
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    New Brunswick announced plans to hire 25 new medical specialists within this fiscal year, at a cost of around $16M. The province currently has 26 specialist vacancies, with many of those being in Acadie-Bathurst and the Northwest region of the province.
    New Brunswick is facing a teacher shortage, with about 175 teachers in the anglophone school districts and another 50 to 60 in the francophone districts set to retire. The number of education student graduates is insufficient to fill all the vacancies.
    Brookfield Global Integrated Services will close its call centre in Campbellton on July 27, putting 85 employees out of work. Brookfield has operated a call centre in Campbellton for 11 years, but decided to downsize from three call centres down to two.
    Opportunities New Brunswick will administer a new $2M program called the Capital Investment Enhancement Policy, which will target provincial businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Eligible companies with export potential can apply for funding.
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    The Government of New Brunswick has announced a $23.1M investment in continuing expansion work on the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. This expansion will total 15,712 m² and be finished in 2024 at a cost of $217M.
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018

    Workers in processing plants on the Acadian Peninsula fear they will not accumulate enough hours to qualify for Employment Insurance because of measures to protect right whales in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
    The provincial government is providing financial support for the construction of a $25M Acadian Peninsula vegetable processing facility in Bois-Gagnon, NB. The facility will employ 95 positions and create 239 jobs in the construction phase.
    New Brunswick has approved the province-wide permanent use of Advanced Care Paramedics, which previously was only a pilot project offered in Moncton, Saint John and Bathurst. Paramedics can now use the advanced training on patients, like using adrenaline.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    Oxford Frozen Foods plans to expand its Bois-Gagnon facilities on the Acadian Peninsula at a cost of $25M. The vegetable processing plant will open at the end of 2019 and create 95 full-time jobs.
    The Anglophone East School District in southeastern New Brunswick has a shortage of school psychologists. The district has funding for eight psychologists, but has six vacancies it can't fill.
    A new microbrewery and tap room is looking to open in late June 2018 in downtown Bathurst. 13 Barrels will operate out of a 5,100 ft2 space and plans to employ about five people. Bathurst is also home to Four Rivers Brewing Co. and AKA Beer.
    The Francophone South School District has launched a new recruitment campaign to attract French-speaking teachers to the area. The district is growing on average by about 300 to 400 students a year and is looking to staff 50 permanent contract positions.
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018

    New Brunswick's premier signed a bilateral agreement, which will result in $673M in federal funding being invested in the province's infrastructure over the next ten years. The investment is designed to help stimulate the economy and create jobs.
    According to the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, the province has been increasing funding into health research over the past 10 years. As more money is invested, it helps to attract highly educated researchers to the province and creates jobs.
    A new report entitled "The People Imperative" states that Atlantic Canada has the lowest immigration retention rates in the country. Nova Scotia's retention rate from 2011 to 2015 was 72%, Newfoundland was 56%, New Brunswick was 52%, and P.E.I. was 18%.
  • Start date: 2018-03-12, End date: 2018-03-16
    Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018

    Landscape New Brunswick reports that the horticulture industry is experiencing a chronic shortage of workers, which has been an issue for about 15 years. Part of the challenge is that the work is outside, physically demanding and is not high paying.
    New Brunswick could reach $2B in annual seafood and fish product sales next year, as a result of diversifying its markets and doing more value-added work. Last year New Brunswick sold $1.7B in product, and producers are looking beyond the United States.
    Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) saw its overtime spending exceed $8M in 2017, with paramedics putting in more than 216,000 hours of extra time. Demand for services has increased and ANB recently hired 33 new paramedics to help alleviate staffing shortfalls.
    A 20,000 ft2 space in the Bathurst Supermall is being prepared for a new store tenant under the TJX banner. TJK operates stores such as Winners, Home Sense, and Marshalls. The mall was recently changed from an enclosed mall layout to that of a strip mall.
    According to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, only 10% of Saint John employers are planning to hire in the April-to-June 2018 period, the lowest in Atlantic Canada. Moncton was at the top of the list with 30% of businesses planning to hire.
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    Vitalité Health Network in New Brunswick is preparing for a wave of retirements. Although no service had to close due to a staff shortage, the network must reorganize its services. However, it could see a nurse shortage in 10 to 15 years.
    BioNB's Annual Report states that 2017 was a strong year for New Brunswick's bioscience sector. The sector saw increases in the number of companies, jobs and private capital raised. There are now over 100 companies involved in bioscience in the province.
    The Horizon Health Network has launched a national recruitment drive to address the nursing shortage in New Brunswick. Horizon's goal is to recruit 320 nurses a year over the next five years. A lot of nurses are retiring due to their aging workforce.
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    The federal budget includes some announcements that should have a positive impact on New Brunswick, particularly on eliminating the ¿trou noir¿ (black hole). A total of $10M is available immediately for income and training assistance, $80M is expected for 2018/2019, and $150M for the following year.
    Excellence NB launched a new ¿Buy Local¿ campaign to promote New Brunswick products and services, including an online catalogue of businesses. Research found that up to 9,000 jobs could be created over five years if 5% of New Brunswickers bought local.
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    The price of 7¿8 oz. lobster tails has spiked by $6/lb to settle at $23.50/lb as a result of demand from China. From 2014 to 2017, the value of lobster shipped to China increased from $136,000 to $4.3M.
    CannabisNB says it will have more time to prepare its retail operations, as the legislation to legalize marijuana is delayed. Their stores are expected to open in the fall of 2018 and CannabisNB will employ around 198 people or about 10 workers per store.
    A new Study & Stay program will be implemented in Atlantic Canada in order to retain international students, based on the Nova Scotia pilot program. The program tries to match students with employers and helps with language and soft-skill enhancements.
  • Start date: 2018-02-12, End date: 2018-02-16
    Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018

    New Brunswick needs 160 new nurses according to the École de sciences infirmières at the Université de Moncton. From 2011 to 2016, the number of registered nurses dropped from 9,067 to 8,625 and needs increased as the population aged.
    The New Brunswick government is funding another $4M for the SEED program, a student employment program, which increases the number of job placements to 2,000. Students apply online at for the chance to secure a job with participating employers.
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    Two new 60-bed care homes will be built in Moncton and St. Stephen. Others will be built in Fredericton and Florenceville-Bristol in accordance with the government's plan to construct 10 care homes over the next five years.
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    According to BuildForce Canada's latest forecasts, the New Brunswick construction industry will lose 28% of its workforce over the next 10 years. However, no decrease in employment is expected before 2021 and 2022.
    Dr. Oetker will close its pizza production plant in Saint-André, New Brunswick, at the end of May. In total, 180 people will lose their jobs.
    The inaugural World Cannabis Conference will be held June 10 to 12 in Saint John and will feature more than 350 industry businesses, policy makers and academics hoping to bring more companies to the province and create more jobs.
    Education spending gets $72M in New Brunswick's budget. This amount includes funds to hire more teachers and $28 M over four years on wages increases for early childhood educators. Post-Secondary Education also increased 4.1 % to $644.7M.
    Ambulance NB has announced the hiring of 33 new paramedics who have been assigned to 20 different communities. Recruitment has been an ongoing challenge for Ambulance NB. Most of the new employees are from New Brunswick, and a third, from other provinces.
    Toronto-based Porter Airlines is recruiting seven full-time bilingual call centre agents in Bathurst. A seven-week training for the employees will begin in March, after which, they will eventually work from home.
    New Brunswick's premier has announced $20M to help spur the economy and make it more competitive. The money will be allocated to researchers, small businesses, the seafood industry, the forestry sector and tourism operators.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    In some New Brunswick cities, it is difficult to find alternate bus drivers who speak French. The District scolaire francophone Sud confirms that this problem is a priority and that alternate drivers can find permanent work.
    On Monday, the Government of New Brunswick announced that it will dedicate $25M in the next budget to youth employment. This initiative also aims to counter the exodus of young people, which could create a worker shortage in the province.
    Construction will begin this spring on a $3.5M residential hospice in Miramichi. Hospice Miramichi will open the eight bed facility on Gordon Road for patients in the last three months of their lives and have space for family members to stay.
    Maple syrup producers in New Brunswick are hoping to gain access to 5,700 hectares of maple forest trees in the province. New Brunswick had 2.3M taps in 2016, the second most in the country behind only Quebec. If access is approved, the syrup producers could create more jobs by producing up to 2M more taps.
    The New Brunswick government is planning to spend $25M to help youth in the province join the workforce. Investments will be made towards experiential learning, student employment, and internship programs. The funds will also support student loan debt relief and assistance identify available jobs.
  • Start date: 2016-08-29, End date: 2016-09-02
    Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    The Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation will invest $3M in a new plant being built by Zenabis in Campbellton. Construction of the medical marijuana facility is expected create up to 300 jobs and to initially employ 60 people when it opens in the spring of 2017.

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Client Segment Profiles

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Aboriginal Peoples
Older Worker

Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016

The National Occupational Classification is being updated. To propose a change, please visit ESDC to submit proposals.
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